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Date:7/11/2014 12:24:34 AM
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Hi Sweet Molly:) I will get back to mules in the military tomorrow. For today how bout pack mule racing!! Imagine yourself pounding along a grueling, 30 mile marathon. The first 15 miles of your run, the unpaved trail climbs from 10,000 feet above sea level, to a breathtaking elevation of over 13,000 feet, then you turn around and race back to the starting line again. Now add leading an energetic and self possessed mule loaded with prospecting gear to this astounding equation. Welcome to the thrill of pack mule racing!
The first pack mule/burro race was held in 1949 when 21 runners and their long-eared companions raced from Leadville to Fairplay , CO. vying for $500 in prizes. Today's pack mule races, as they did then, take place solely in the mountains of the great state of Colorado, where burros and mules were once an integral part of mining.
The Triple Crown is comprised of events held in Fairplay, Leadville and Buena Vista on 3 successive, late-summer weekends in conjunction with festivals of one sort or another. The rules are simple, but completing the race is not. Running with the mules is not for the faint of heart (or body) Each mule must be loaded with a regulation pack saddle and 33 lbs. of prospector's gear, including a mandatory pick, shovel and gold pan. Headgear is a standard halter with a leadrope of 15 ft or less. A runner may push, pull, drag or carry the mule, but at no time may he ride it. Animals are vet checked before and after each race and mistreating one's animal disqualifies the runner. All I can say is I'm too stinking old for this!! hehe have a great day..Joey & Betsy
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